Caves, Cooking and Sticky Waterfalls Tour

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This is an entertaining private tour with educational and fun experiences. We will start with the unusual Elephant Poo Poo Paper Park, where will teach you how to make paper from elephant poo. It is a lot of fun! We will continue to an attractive local market for some food education and shopping for cooking our lunch. After the market we will visit the Chiang Dao Cave Temple, one of the most sacred Buddhist places in North Thailand. Next is the Dara-ang (Palong) village Mae Chon where we challenge you to do things you have never done in your life before: weaving and cooking on a wood fire. After lunch, it is time for relaxation and splashing with water at the magnificent Sticky Waterfalls.

From: 3,400.00 ฿

Caves, Cooking and Sticky Waterfalls

The Elephant Poo Poo Paper Park

Your guide and driver will meet you at the hotel at 0800 for your Caves, Cooking, and Sticky Waterfalls. We will drive to Chiang Dao. It is an agricultural area encircled by forested mountains. Many crops, such as corn, cassava, and rice, grow in this area. Many fruit trees include papaya, longan (lamyai), rose apple, and mango. The Palong grow pineapples as well. Today you will taste some of the fruit of the season. Yummy!
Our first stop today will be the Elephant Poo Poo Paper Park. During an excellent self-guided fun tour, you will see all the stages of the production of paper from elephant dung and learn about the history of papermaking. There are no elephants here, but it is fascinating and fun. The next stop is the charming local market at Mae Malai. Your guide will take you around and tell you about the herbs and vegetables used in Thai cooking. He will also talk about the strange kinds of food and the other local products you can find here. We buy some of the ingredients for our lunch here, which we will prepare in the village.

The Chiang Dao Cave Temple

The Chiang Dao Cave Temple is one of the most sacred places for Buddhists in North Thailand. We will visit the main cave and one of the more challenging caverns. Your guide will tell you about this limestone cave’s many myths and legends. Many interesting buildings, structures, and old Buddha images exist outside the cave. The Chiang Dao Cave Temple is a community-based tourism project: more than 70 local women work as guides in the cave on a rotational basis and support their families. We will continue our Caves, Cooking, and Sticky Waterfalls tour and drive to Mae Chon.

Cooking with the Palong people

At Mae Chon, we will be the guest of Lung Bun, a Dara-ang man who escaped Myanmar more than 40 years ago and settled here to raise his family. Most of the women still wear traditional dresses.

The Palong women are excellent weavers, and we invite you to try to weave traditionally. You can also try out the traditional rice pounder we installed at the house of Lung Bun. In the kitchen of Lung Bun, we will cook our lunch. Our guide is a master cook on a wood fire. You can help cut the vegetables and try your hand at cooking in a wok. After this, we will consume our delicious lunch.

After lunch, we will make a short and easy hike to Ban Huay Pong, Lahu village. We can also drive to this village if you don’t want to hike.

The amazing Sticky Waterfalls

After lunch, we will drive to The Buatong Waterfalls, aka the “Sticky Waterfalls.” The Sticky Waterfalls are in the Sri Lanna National Park. We are in an area with a lot of limestone mountains. Limestone is partially soluble and therefore forms many erosional landforms. Doi Luang Chiang Dao, the third-highest peak in Thailand (2175m), is a limestone mountain. Waterfalls are often slippery, but a limestone waterfall is not, hence the nickname “Sticky Waterfalls.” After a day full of activities, it is time for relaxation. We will spend an hour at these delightful falls, which you can walk up and do. Be careful, though. Enjoy the calm and clean water before we head back to Chiang Mai. We will arrive back in Chiang Mai in the late afternoon. We hope you enjoyed your Caves, Cooking, and Sticky Waterfalls tour.


The Elephant Poo Poo Paper Park

The Mae Malai Market

The Chiang Dao Cave Temple

Easy hike to a Palong village

Try Palong traditional weaving

Palong cooking course

The Sticky Waterfalls



What is included

Transportation by private AC car
English speaking guide
Sightseeing as indicated
Entrance fees
Drinking water during lunch
Limited medical insurance

What is not included

All drinks except drinking water during lunch
Personal expenses
Other expenses that are not mentioned in the itinerary